Friday , Dec , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks try to cool down red-hot Bulls

(Sports Network) – The streaking Chicago Bulls hit the road to New York this
evening to take on the Knicks at historic Madison Square Garden.

Chicago, which is 1 1/2 games behind Detroit in the Central Division
standings, has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 games. On Tuesday the
Bulls posted a 94-89 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center.

Luol Deng scored 23 points and Ben Gordon added 22 off the bench for the
Bulls, who are 11-2 at home but 4-8 as the visitor this season. Chris Duhon
scored 11 points with six rebounds and six assists in the win.

Ben Wallace finished with nine rebounds, seven assists and three blocks to go
along with four points for Chicago.

Meanwhile, the Knicks will close out their four-game homestand on Friday and
are 6-10 at Madison Square Garden this season. New York improved to 2-1 on the
stand with a 111-109 double-overtime victory against Charlotte.

Knicks forward David Lee tipped in the in-bounds pass with no time on the
clock in the second OT to lift his team to victory. New York has now won two
in a row since Saturday’s 123-100 ugly loss at home against Denver, which
resulted in seven player suspensions.

The Knicks, who also played without injured starting guards Steve Francis and
Quentin Richardson, were led by 30 points from Channing Frye. Eddy Curry added
29 points and nine rebounds, while Lee totaled 10 points and 19 boards.

Jamal Crawford had 25 points and nine assists as the Knicks won back-to-back
games for just the second time all season.

Chicago is 2-0 against New York this season and has won four straight, eight
of nine and 11 of the last 14 meetings with the Knicks. The Bulls have also
won two straight and four of their last five visits to Madison Square Garden.